Forgiveness

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Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed. This is an ancient and eternal law. – Buddha Dear Still Water Friends, I’ve been struggling since I learned about the horror in Orlando. For a while, it was … Continued

Even In Our Thinking

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Dear Still Water Friends, Following our meditation on Thursday, we will recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings and focus our Dharma sharing on the First Mindfulness Training: Reverence for Life. Robert Aitken, Roshi, one of the co-founders of the Buddhist Peace … Continued

The Value of Impermanence

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Dear Still Water friends, As you may know, our Still Water Thursday night sittings are moving to a new location in Silver Spring this summer after many years. Last week, after our usual Dharma discussion, we carried all our mats … Continued

Acting before Reacting

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I first came to mindfulness because I heard it would “end suffering,” which for me meant an end to experiencing emotional pain—depression, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, you name it. I was not at all pleased when I realized the message was … Continued

Good Friends and Spiritual Friends

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Dear Still Water Friends, We form alliances and relationship throughout our lives, beginning with childhood friends, and extending in adulthood to work buddies, acquaintances, and intimate partners. However, deep and true friendships are not easy to attain or maintain. They … Continued